Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and professional services organizations carried out a study for the Commission on the availability and robustness of electronic communication networks. The study provides insights in the availability and security provisioning of electronic communication networks and makes a number of key recommendations to enhance their protection and resilience. The recommendations are directed to the European Commission, the Member States and the private sector. The results of the study can serve as an agenda for a multi-stakeholder dialogue in Europe.

On 18 January 2007, the study team presented the main findings of the study to a broad audience comprising representatives of governments, industry and users. The Commission invited for comments by 30 April.

The final report and its annexes are now available below.

The Commission invites all interested parties for comments on the report. The comments should be sent by e-mail to The deadline for submitting your comments has been extended until 18 May 2007.

The study is timely. After a request from the European Council from June 2004 to prepare a strategy for critical infrastructure protection in Europe, the Commission adopted a Green Paper on critical infrastructure protection in November 2005 (More details). This was followed on 12 December 2006 by a Commission proposal for a European Programme on Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP).

Furthermore, in May 2006, the Commission adopted a Communication on a strategy for a secure Information Society – "Dialogue, partnership and empowerment"(COM(2006)251). This is a first step to discuss in an open atmosphere the agenda and possible issues for a European dialogue on critical communication and information infrastructure protection (CIIP). This action was also recently endorsed by the Council Resolution adopted on 11 December 2006.

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